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Pilates vs Yoga

Posted on 19th April 2017 by

We’ve been offering clinical Pilates classes at goPhysio in Chandlers Ford now since 2011. We started with 2 classes and have now grown our timetable to 18 classes a week. To complement this offering and help continue to support health and wellbeing, we are now adding Yoga classes to our studio timetable.

People are often very familiar with yoga and what it may entail but aren’t so sure about Pilates. A question we often get asked is

“What’s the difference between yoga & Pilates?”

Pilates

Pilates was developed by Joseph Pilates back in the early 1900’s. It started as a series of physical exercises based on the concept of an integrated, comprehensive system, which he called Pilates classes Chandlers Ford‘Controlology’.

Pilates encourages the use of the mind to control muscles, focusing attention on the core postural muscles that help keep the body balanced and provide support for the spine. In particular, Pilates exercises teach awareness of breathing and alignment of the spine, and strengthen the deep torso and abdominal muscles.

There are many different types of Pilates, the most popular being mat based classes or those using equipment such as Reformers or Cadillacs.

Pilates focuses on:

  • Strength
  • Movement control
  • Core stability
  • Breathing
  • Alignment

People who regularly practice Pilates find that it is a great way to manage and ease many common conditions such as back pain. It is regularly incorporated into training programmes of top athletes as a way of preventing injuries and optimising physical wellbeing.

Yoga

The development of yoga can be traced back over 5000 years. Yoga cultivates physical, emotional, mental and social health and wellbeing. The practice of yoga includes postures and movement, breath awareness and breathing exercises, relaxation and concentration, and meditation. Yoga Pilates Chandlers Ford

There are many different styles of yoga. Familiar ones include Hatha, Bikram, Anusara, Viniyoga or Ashtanga. The styles vary on the intensity, amount of relaxation incorporated into the practice, the flow and philosophy.

Yoga focuses on:

  • Flexibility
  • Broad muscle groups
  • Relaxation and spirituality
  • Balance
  • Strength
  • Endurance

People can benefit from both yoga and Pilates, you don’t have to choose! The most important thing is to try different classes and do something you enjoy, that supports your lifestyle and goals. Both Pilates and yoga can complement each other well.

If you’re interested in joining one if our classes, yoga, Pilates or both, have a look at our timetable.

All Pilates bookings are done directly at the clinic either in person or over the phone. These classes are run as 8 week courses, £100 per course.

Yoga classes can be booked via our Studio Bookings app or website. For these classes you can buy a single class £12.50, 5 class pass £55 (valid for 2 months) or 10 class pass £100 (valid for 3 months). You can buy class passes and book your classes online.


New Studio Bookings App

Posted on 11th April 2017 by

We are delighted to be launching a range of new classes this spring to help further support your physical health and wellbeing.

These will include Yoga, Positive Steps exercise classes for older people and Active Backs guided exercise classes to promote a positive way to manage back pain.

These new classes will all be easily managed online via a new online software called Studio Bookings.

How to book

  1. Visit our Studio Bookings page 
  2. Click on the ‘MY INFO’ tab, this will enable you to create a free account
  3. Click on the ‘STORE’ tab to purchase class passes. There are 3 options to purchase classes. A single class (PAYG) costs £12.50 (valid for 1 month), a 5 class pass costs £55 (valid for 2 months) and a 10 class pass costs £100 (valid for 3 months). The class passes will be valid to use for any of the classes on our Studio Calendar – they will not be used to book Pilates, which will still need to be booked via the clinic directly.
  4. Before booking your first class, click on ‘MY INFO’ and then ‘Waiver of Liability’. Read the pdf waiver document and click ‘Sign Here’ to sign the waiver. Through the ‘My INFO’ tab you can also update any communication preferences, your personal details and see your payment and class booking history.
  5. Click on ‘CLASSES’ to see the scheduled classes. Select your chosen class, make sure you’re logged in and select the classes you’d like to book. Click ‘Book Now’. Your class credits will automatically be adjusted.
  6. Through this system you can book classes, buy class passes and cancel classes (24 hours notice is required to cancel any classes). You can also see your past and future bookings.

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As well as accessing this online, you can download the Studio Bookings app.

Download the Studio Bookings app for Apple here.

Download the Studio Bookings app for Android here.

Plesae note that Pilates classes will still need to be booked at the clinic directly either in person or by calling us on 023 8025 3317.

Get ahead and sign up now on Studio Bookings, so you’re ready to join the classes when they start!


We’re Looking For Freelance Instructors To Join Our Team

Posted on 14th February 2017 by

Are you an experienced Yoga, Barre, Thai Ch, Mindfulness or Instructor of similar health & wellness class?

To complement our existing services at our brand new clinic and studio in Chandlers Ford, we’re looking for freelance instructors to join our team.

  • Guaranteed pay
  • Modern, spacious and well equipped surroundings
  • Air conditioned studio
  • All class promotion & booking taken care of
  • Friendly working environment & team
  • Small classes

If you’re interested in finding out more, please send your CV, covering letter and a short video (no more than 2 minutes) detailing why you’d like to join our team to fiona@gophysiotherapy.co.uk. The deadline for applications is Sunday 12th March 2017.

If you are shortlisted you will be invited to join us for the morning at our clinic on Thursday 23rd March when you’ll have the opportunity to find out more about us, meet some of our team, take a look at the studio and our facilities and tell us about you and what you are looking for. If you’re successful at this stage you will be invited back to take a demo class on Wednesday 29th March, so I’d recommend you keep both these dates free.

Yoga Instructor Chandlers Ford


Day 13 Countdown Giveaway – Win a Pair of Pilates Socks

Posted on 6th December 2016 by

APPI Pilates socks For today’s countdown giveaway, we’ve got a pair of APPI Pilates socks. These socks are perfect for your Pilates class, offering warmth, comfort and grip.

The APPI Pilates Sock has been designed with a non-slip sole and a seamless toe. The APPI Pilates sock helps with balance, control and gripping of equipment, floor surfaces, and mats.

The Socks design also includes ‘unique reflexology points’ on the sole of the foot.

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Improving Flexibility: Yoga From A Physio’s Perspective

Posted on 28th November 2016 by

Physiotherapist & Pilates Instructor, Gemma, recently attended a specialist yoga course for Physiotherapists. On this blog she gives a great overview of yoga and also highlights how it compares to Pilates.

Yoga combines movement, meditation and awareness of breathing through a sequence of exercises. This has many positive effects on the body from improving flexibility and strength, to aiding relaxation, body awareness and self-discipline.

Although originating in India, some 5000 years ago and linked with Hinduism and Buddism, Yoga is a non-religious practice and has been adapted into an exercise class format by Western cultures.

Is it different from Pilates?

Yoga and Pilates share many similarities and some of the exercises are indeed identical. However the philosophy and focus are different. Pilates works on training the core muscles, developing stability and improving normal posture. Whereas yoga focusses more on improving flexibility and mind-body awareness; tending to be a more flowing sequence of movements.

Which is better for me?

Generally if you are very bendy (hypermobile), Pilates will be better for you to help gain stability and strength through your joints, and if you’re stiff yoga is great to improve flexibility. However both types of class can be adapted to suit you so a lot of it comes down to personal preference.

What are the health benefits of yoga? 

Yoga can help improve:

  • Strength
  • Flexibility
  • Balance
  • Prevent falls
  • Help with arthritis
  • Reduce lower back pain
  • Reduce depression, anxiety and stress levels

Do I have to do headstands?!

No! Headstands are just one exercise from a branch of traditional yoga poses known as ‘inversions’ but other inversions can include simply laying on your back with your feet up against a wall which is much more achievable for most of us!

How hard is it?

Yoga can be as hard as you want it to be… from pure meditation and breathing to an aerobic sweat-inducing power yoga class and everything in-between!

Yoga can be done by people of all ages; from adolescents to octogenarians it can have significant health benefits. It doesn’t matter how flexible you are or how good (or bad) your balance is as all the exercises can be tailored, there are even chair based classes for those less able.

What are the different types of yoga?

There are many different forms, the most common are:

  • Hatha yoga – a simple, slow class of postures
  • Vinyasa – a faster flowing sequence of poses
  • Ashtanga – an intense and athletic ‘pure’ form of yoga postures
  • Hot yoga/Bikram yoga – done in a heated room up to 32degrees C
  • Sivananda – slow, gentle and spiritual, focusing on 12 main poses, breathing, meditation, proper diet and mindfulness

Is it better to do a class rather than use a DVD/Youtube video?

Whilst the internet has a wealth of classes online and DVDs can be a good way of keeping up practice at home, the only way to make sure you’re doing the exercises safely and correctly is to come to a class with a trained yoga instructor. They will also be able to guide you through exercises of the right level, help you develop correct breathing techniques and teach you modifications where necessary to prevent injury.

Gemma is incorporating yoga into her rehabilitation programmes where her patients will benefit. You can read one of her success stories here.

Yoga Pilates


Yoga & Physiotherapy – A Success Story

Posted on 22nd November 2016 by

Physio Gemma, recently attended a specialist course to train in using yoga techniques as part of physiotherapy treatment. She has started integrating some yoga principles into some of her treatment programmes and her patients are benefitting greatly. Mrs A kindly agreed for Gemma to share her success story with you.

Mrs A came to see us one year after arthroscopic knee surgery – she no longer had any pain from the knee and was exercising regularly in a gym with a personal trainer. She felt the knee was strong, however she was concerned by her lack of flexibility; both the knee and hip on the same side had stiffened up considerably since her operation and didn’t seem to be improving.

When she first came to us she couldn’t fully straighten her knee, nor bend it much past 90 degrees, and her hip was similarly stiff, especially in rotational movements.

On her first session we discussed her goals – she was keen to get back to running but mostly wanted to be fit for ski season! We started with lots of hands on mobilisations to loosen up both the hip and knee joints but we wanted to find a fun way to progress her flexibility at home as, lets face it, a series of static stretches can feel like a bit of a chore……

We took her into our studio and chunk by chunk taught her a short routine of yoga poses specifically designed to improve her hip and knee flexibility, with the added bonus of being good strength and balance poses too.

We added to this over several sessions, combining hands on treatment with 1-2-1 yoga in her physio sessions until she was confident in a 10-15 minute routine that she could practice daily at home.

Mrs A said that doing yoga rather than static stretches helped her to relax, clear her mind and focus on the poses to improve her flexibility so that it has now become an enjoyable part of her daily routine.

6 weeks later she has regained full flexibility of both the knee and hip, is back to running and confidently looking forward to ski season!

A great success story! If you think you’d benefit from an integrated approach of yoga with physiotherapy, give us a call and book an appointment to see Gemma.